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For the record—we blame Kim Kardashian.

We remember the good ole’ days when mascara used to be reserved for the upper lash line; now it looks as if celebs are bucking beauty tradition and coating their lower lashes as well.

Why, pray tell, one might ask?

“This season is about separated cloggy lashes,” says Pat McGrath, the lash-obsessed makeup artist behind the spiky looks at Valentino, Lanvin, and Gucci FW/11.

The key to nailing the spidery lash look? “Tons and tons and tons of mascara,” adds McGrath.

Lucia Pieroni, the makeup artist responsible for the lash-tastic look at Alberta Ferretti FW/11 recommends ‘heavily applying mascara on the upper and lower lashes, using the wand to round out the eye for a Bambi effect.’

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury followed suit at the Chloe FW/11 show, where she confirmed Pieroni’s technique with this bit of advice: “Use your brush to pull out even the corner lashes—top and bottom—to ensure you coat every single hair.”

If mascara isn’t dramatic enough for you, take it one step further: Intensify your lower lashes with a set of falsies created especially for the lower lash line. Ardell’s Lower False Eyelashes ($4.89 at Amazon.com) are industry standard.

Question: Have you been applying mascara to your bottom lashes as well? Or will you start? —India-Jewel Jackson

Credit: Fame Pictures

Between the messy side braid, the disheveled top knot, and tousled bedhead tresses, it’s truly hard to fathom why women still have bad hair days, and have yet to master the done-undone look.

Another chic and easy hairstyle to fallback on? The shiny slick back.

Seen all over the Fall 2011 runways (Ralph Lauren, Giambattista Valli, Mary Katrantzou, Salvatore Ferragamo, The Row), stars like Camilla Belle and Keira Knightley are starting to shellac their strands to their scalps as well. Such a laissez-faire, yet entirely appropriate red carpet look.

Get The Look in Three Swift Steps:
-Starting with damp hair, insert a deep side part and brush hair back into a low position.
-Maintain your wet look for the entire day by liberally coating strands with Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Sculpting Gel (available at Redken salons for $13).
-Tautly secure at the nape of your neck.

Finish your pared-down but perfect look with bold earrings, a bit of lipstick and blush, topped off with a few coats of mascara.

Total prep time—five minutes flat. —India-Jewel Jackson

Credit: Style.com & Getty

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Very rarely do we retrogress back to the ’40s to derive beauty inspiration, but if ever there was a wartime look to repeat, rockabilly victory rolls absolutely gets our vote.

Made famous by voluptuous sex kittens of yesteryear, it’s no wonder modern-day pinup Katy Perry is at the forefront of this revival—also seen on the Fall 2011 Miu Miu catwalk.

Thing is, there’s good news and bad news about this one. The bad news? This architectural-esque look is anything but DIY for beginners, though the brave can follow this excellent step-by-step tutorial. The good news? As Madonna and Diane Kruger prove, it is simple to simulate.

While the ‘material girl’ leaves hair loose on both sides for a breezy bohemian style, and the German actress’s locks are neatly brushed for a more polished look, both versions are quick and easy to recreate—and a great way to reinvent curls that are a few days old.

Starting with soft messy waves, insert a short off-center part using your forefinger. With both hands, roll a large section of hair away from your face, securing mid-crown with a few small hair pins (we love Conair Styling Essentials Mini Pins, $6.99 at Amazon.com).

For a bit of volume in the front (like Madonna’s look), gently insert your fingertips into the roll and loosen and lift strands by wiggling your digits. For a cleaner look, à la Diane, brush the hair above both ears back and pin alongside the roll. —India-Jewel Jackson

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Granted, we saw a few different variations of the beret on the Fall 2011 runways—worn traditionally at Sophie Theallet, worn on the forehead at Vena Cava, worn with a chinstrap at Marc Jacobs—but we didn’t expect the trend to spread through Hollywood like wildfire.

We love it when we’re pleasantly surprised.

And it’s not the beret in general, it’s this beret in specific, as Tika Sumpter, Hilary Duff, Katy Perry, Kourtney Kardashian, and Rachel Zoe have all been recently spotted sporting the ultra chic Evelyn Beret by Eugenia Kim.

Available in four colors—charcoal, gray, taupe, cream—this hand-knitted baby alpaca leopard-print beret is perfect for masking a bad hair day, or keeping the brisk wind at bay.

We’re partial to the taupe—and you?

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Love her or hate her, you have to admit—Gwynnie has it all: A loving family and fantastic friends, a stellar multifaceted career, an approachable demeanor, a divine figure, and undeniable beauty. (Jealous yet?) We’re not sure what all of her secrets are, but we’re clued in on one or two…

The gorgeous GOOP author credits her fabulous body to Tracy Anderson and her youthful complexion to Sonya Dakar’s $450 Snake Venom Age Control Facial, a progressive antioxidant-rich treatment that features the controversial SYN-AKE® peptide, a synthetic (oft-compared to Botox) ingredient that mimics the biological composition of temper viper snake venom, which works to temporarily paralyze expression lines and wrinkle-prone muscles in the face, namely around the eyes and in the forehead.

If a trip to Beverly Hills for a pricey appointment at the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic isn’t in the budget right now, perhaps a bottle of Sonya Dakar Skincare Ultraluxe-9 Age Control Complex is.

Ringing up at a far cheaper $185 (available at SonyaDakar.com), this miracle-cream-in-a-bottle is also formulated with a concentrated version of SYN-AKE®, along with 9 other potent anti-aging additives which work in tandem to stimulate collagen reproduction while filling in fine lines, thus halting wrinkle formation.

If it does all it says it does—worth every single penny, I’d say. What say you? —India-Jewel Jackson

Credit: Getty

Yes, you read that headline right.

Word on the beauty curb is that The Duchess of Cambridge is obsessed—obsessed—with fellow Brit Sienna Miller’s glistening dermis. “Kate’s fixated on Sienna Miller’s skin,” says a source close to the newlywed Royal. “She read in an article that Sienna uses a range of products from celebrity dermatologist Dr. David Colbert, so Kate ordered the whole skin care line for herself!”

(Ha! K-Midi covet’s Sienna Miller’s skin. Now we’ve heard it all.)

Take that tidbit for what it’s worth, but Colbert does look after the immaculate complexions of Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Michelle Williams, so if she is indeed a fan of Colbert’s work by way of Miller, than she’s certainly in great company.

Should you covet Miller’s glowing skin as well, shop the Colbert M.D. range at ColbertMD.com.

We suggest you start with the Daily System, which includes a nutrient-rich day and night cream, an eye cream, a serum, and exfoliating discs. Those five products alone will set you back a total of $537 (before tax!), but that can’t be half as costly as what Middleton supposedly spent.

Besides, it’s your skin. You wear it all day, every day.

Shouldn’t it be flawless?

Doesn’t it deserve the royal-red carpet treatment? —India-Jewel Jackson

Credit: Getty




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